Hamilton won the German constructor's only race to date in 2014 and was desperately unlucky not to win a second past year - his engine blew up on lap 40 of the 56-lap race while leading, gifting Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo victory.
With the absence of the Formula One (F1) race at the Sepang International Circuit starting next year, the circuit will not be left idle or risk becoming a "white elephant" project, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said. The race, which starts at 8am United Kingdom time, will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 on channel 406.
The gap between the two is the biggest it has been all year and Hamilton will not need to win another race this year to clinch his fourth title if he triumphs on Sunday with Vettel lower than second.
Azlan said the Malaysia Grand Prix had always attracted strong support from motoring fans in Asia.
With tropical downpours an ever-present threat, the former champions could find themselves in the frame again.
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Having started the weekend with such promise, this was another grand prix to forget for Ferrari.
He found just enough room to squeeze inside two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso on lap 10 - a textbook overtaking move - to move 10th and into the points. Ricciardo won the 2016 Sepang race and shared the podium with his teammate Verstappen and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning last year's championship. Vettel also has four wins this season with five other runner-up finishes.
But, even with Vettel out of contention it did not come easy, with Mercedes having struggled all weekend to extract pace from their vehicle. At this point, Raikkonen was already in his shorts and walking back to the Ferrari motorhome.
Explaining the incident, Whiting said that some welding came loose on a Sepang circuit he claims is "fatigued" as it hosts a race for the last time.
"It's a surprise to be up here".
Alonso was third, two seconds adrift of Verstappen as the Red Bulls proved untouchable in the wet.
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The Dutchman, who turned 20 on Saturday, will be joined on the second row by teammate Daniel Ricciardo who was fourth fastest, just 0.054 seconds slower.
"When you get that close it's a disappointment", said Raikkonen.
"I don't want to be hit", responded Raikkonen.
Away from the title battle, French driver Pierre Gasly will be a new face on the grid as he makes his debut with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso in place of under-performing Russian Daniil Kvyat.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was confident the issue would be taken care of.
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